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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

jcazz

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About jcazz

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  • Birthday 12/03/1975

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    Indianapolis, IN
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    2008 is my first year with a display, and I decided to jump in with both feet. 32 channels with more coming in 2009 (if the wife will let me!)
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  • About my display
    2008: 10,446 lights consuming 46 amps (roughly). 32 channels of LOR running on an ancient computer which will probably need to be upgraded for next year's show.

    2009: 26,000 lights and 96 channels of LOR. Still need to upgrade my show computer!

    2010: About 30,000 lights; 128 LOR channels + DMX and RGB items. Show computer finally upgraded and running just fine with Windows 7 Ultimate!

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  1. I've used super-flat CAT5 cables for the last two years and they work great. The window will completely close around the cable, performance isn't impaired, and there are no drafts. Get it here: http://www.vpi.us/cable-sf.html FWIW: I live in Indiana - it get's nippy here in December.
  2. Help! I thought I had a cache of green incandescent minis tucked away for new mini trees this year and when I started to drag out supplies to get started I realized that I have red and clear, but I can't find my green to save my life! I need at least 32 boxes of 100 count green incandescent minis. I don't have a brand preference, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Target, Menard's, etc. are all fine! If you have some you can spare - please PM me and let me know what you want for them. Thanks! Jacob
  3. Will, 48 or 36 LEDs? In the picture in the video I only counted 36. Still, it's impressively bright. I wanna see 'em against a brick wall though (Brad's working on that for me). Jacob
  4. Brad - I might be interested. Any chance you can setup one shining on a red brick house so I can see how it does? The brick really sucks up the light and I'm either going to double up on my Rainbow floods this year or add something mega powerful like this if I want to really wash the house in a solid color. If you don't have a good red brick house to test it on - I'm willing to beta test and shoot of it on my house for ya! Thanks, Jacob
  5. Hi Anthony - People will come and go. Some will say for one song, some will stay through the whole show, some will stay through several shows. I wouldn't sweat it too much. My first year the show was about 16 minutes, the last two years it's been in the 12 to 15 minute range. If I had a really long show or had a ton of sequences that put me in the 40 to 60 minute range I would actually probably break up the show and have two or three different shows that I rotated every few nights. That way people who come Monday could still have something to look forward to coming back to see on Wednesday. Last year there was a member here who created an entire night's worth of program for each night and each night was themed (classics, new Christmas music, etc.). A pretty crazy undertaking, but certainly very cool.
  6. Lowering the intensity to 80% will barely make a dent in amp draw. It's not a linear relationship. Somewhere there is a thread kicking around here with a chart of intensity settings and current and at 80% intensity you're still pulling almost the total current of full intensity. You don't see the current really fall off until you get down into the 40%/50% range and at that level you'll notice a huge impact to brightness. Here's a quick post I found on the subject: The post right below this puts the numbers into a table with percentages as well. At 80% intensity it was still drawing 87% of the full current.
  7. Bump & price reduction to $100
  8. I have an Enttec DMX Pro for sale. I bought it to use with LSP and decided to stay with LOR and an iDMX. It's been hooked up and tested, but otherwise it's new. I did not run any part of my show this year with it. I'm looking for $120. This is a good deal if you're thinking about moving into RGB/DMX devices for 2011. Thanks, Jacob
  9. You're the tricky CNC-coro-cutting-guy, I would leave the details of getting something made to you. Can you get coro in thinner "weights"? If so a cut topper with maybe 2" flaps to tuck into the star would be awesome. The entire thing would have to be skewed to fit the star diagonally, but I bet it would look very nice with RGB stars.
  10. They're bright enough with 3 of the 3 LED 5050 modules that I bet with a powdery snow they would be visible to some extent even if they were filled all the way up. The brightness would probably be affected, but those 5050s are bright and the snow actually acts as a great diffuser. I noticed that with no snow the 5050s really light up the overhead tree branches, so a little diffusion is probably not a bad thing. A thing, fitted coro "cap" would probably be an improvement as a lot of the light power is wasted shooting straight up.
  11. I finally got a chance to shoot some video of my CoroStars with snow in them. They work really well with a couple of inches of snow - no problems at all.
  12. The VAST majority of bulbs are 2.5v because 50*2.5v = 125 volts. There are typically 2 50-count strings in a set of 100 mini lights (that's why you can cut them in half). ES are energy saving bulbs like seen at Target and Phillips brands. They are not cross compatible with standard 2.5v bulbs. I keep my 2.5v ES bulbs separate from my 2.5v bulbs. I don't think anything I have uses a higher voltage bulb. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Maybe a short on one of the strings? I had a red string on a mini tree buzzing and crackling when I setup this year. On close inspection a wire was bare near a bulb and arcing a little. Two years ago a flood light popped and blew the fuse on a controller. Double check your lights & wires, you will probably find a bad string somewhere.
  14. Are you using the 5MM, M6, or C6 LEDs from Paul? I've been thinking about going this route myself to free up some power for other plans in 2011 and switching out the mega tree might look nice without trying to hard to match the rest of the non-LED display.
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